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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old Norse
Origin: bleikr 'pale, white'

bleak

adjective
     
bleak
1 without anything to make you feel happy or hopeful
a bleak future/prospect
The company still hopes to find a buyer, but the future looks bleak.
2 cold and without any pleasant or comfortable features:
a bleak January afternoon
The landscape was bleak.
bleakly adverb
bleakness noun [uncountable]

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